* Posts by Leigh 5

8 posts • joined 1 Dec 2009

Inside the mind of a Bond supervillain: Psychotic, autistic - or neither?

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If you think the worst Murdoch's done is to discreetly bribe a few police and politicians, you haven't seen Fox News or his incarnation of The Wall Street Journal.

Win8: A beginner's guide to FondleWindows

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Microsoft should return to stealing from Apple

This interface is so hideous, it reinforces Microsoft's reputation for clunkiness and design ignorance.

Microsoft becoming Apple with Windows 8 control freakery?

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a n d r o i d

Why are manufacturers even screwing with Microsoft?

NATO members warned over Anonymous threat

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Anonymous probably wouldn't have gone after HBGary, if HBGary hadn't targeted Anon.

Skype reverse-engineered and open sourced

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reverse engineering

At one time, reverse engineering was a proud and sensible tradition in the US, but starting in the 1980s, Japanese giants began suing small companies for the practice, not winning in court but driving little 1 or 2 man firms out of business.

Shutting down reverse engineering stifles competition and open standards. If this trend continues, small independent companies won't be able to make radiator caps.

Google battles Derby cops over access to Street View data

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the Law

Google is merely asking police to follow the law.

Adobe sounds off on iPad's Flash slap

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Adobe complains about 'closed systems'?

>Echoing other complaints about Apple's predilection for closed systems, Luwig noted…

Wait, Adobe is THE original closed system company from Postscript to Flash. Kind of the pot calling the kettle black.

Apple voids warranties over cigarette smoke, users say

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Little Sympathy

Years ago, I opened up a Mac owned by a ship's master to upgrade memory and hard drives including a non-functional Zip drive. The inside of the machine was a tawny brown and the stickiest stuff I've ever handled. The captain was a smoker and apparently a heavy smoker. We tried several cleaning solutions without much luck. We concluded the Zip drive was fouled by the same sticky substance.

That machine would have made a great object lesson for anyone who smoked. After that experience, I wouldn't honor warranties contaminated in smoke environments.


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